Auto Club Speedway’s Red Bull Flugtag Entry Soars

Top-10 finish completes month-long preparation

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (Aug. 23, 2010) – The NASCAR-styled flying contraption from the Auto Club Speedway team soared into Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach on Saturday at the Red Bull Flugtag.  And we literally mean “soared” into the Harbor. 

After months of preparation, the team from Auto Club Speedway, the Inland Empire’s lone entry into the Flugtag competition, which means “flying day” in German, proudly launched off the 30-foot pier with a top-10 finish, a distance of 38 feet and a final score of 18.2 out of 25.  Thousands watched as the team’s one-minute skit, based on a simulated race pit stop, preceded the historic immediate drop off the end of the pier.  The pretend pit stop lasted nearly 55 seconds longer than the flight.

The Auto Club Speedway team, employees and fans had hoped that when their signature contraption with its double-secret 30-foot wing design launched from the pier, pilot Justin Bentley would soar beyond the 207-foot Flugtag world record. Unfortunately, like all other 34 teams in the competition, the wing flopped, and so did its pilot, sending him backwards into the water.  As he hit the Harbor water, the hopes and dreams of a world record went awash.  After a loop-de-loop, the wing continued on farther than the pilot.  However, official measurement is where the pilot lands.

“Did we win?  No.  Did we look good? ABSOLUTELY!” said Captain Patrick “Moose” Wuertz.  “Thank goodness the tide was going out, or we may not have made it that far!”

The winning entry was Team Peepin’ It Real that flew 98-feet.  The People’s Choice Award winner was Green Army Men.


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